Creationist Wisdom #512: Horrible Consequences

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Reporter-Herald of Loveland, Colorado, the 14th most populous city in that state. It’s titled Evolution teaches unwanted lessons. There’s a comments section at the end.

The letter-writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Martin. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

[T]he evolutionary process has been the exclusive teaching about the origins of the universe and of life for a goodly number of years in our public schools. And I believe there is growing evidence that the lessons of evolution have been taking hold in the minds and hearts of generation upon generation.

Oooooooh! The lessons have been taking hold. What does Martin mean by that? Stay with us, all will be revealed:

When a child accepts the notion that they are little more than an accident of nature, it will tend to show up in their self-concept and in their behavior. When they learn that it’s survival of the fittest, and they must look out for their own survival, it affects their sense of purpose in life.

Yes! Evolution teaches children they’re worthless, and that they should behave aggressively. It’s so obvious! Let’s read on:

When they learn that after death they merely decompose back to the basic elements, it becomes easier for them to take their own life if they lose hope. Suicide is a simple solution, especially if they face death anyway for having taken the lives of others as payback for some “wrong” they have felt.

Right again! Why else would kids go around killing people and then killing themselves? It’s because they were taught evolution! Martin continues:

Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick laid it out for us years ago in the song, “What’s it All About, Alfie?”

“What’s it all about Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie? Are we meant to take more than we give? Or are we meant to be kind? And if only fools are kind, Alfie, then I guess it is wise to be cruel.”

We haven’t seen anything like that in one of these letters. Perhaps we should adopt it as our theme song. Here’s more from Martin:

Don’t we have ample proof that our children are learning the lessons of evolution? Bullying has become a way of life in the hallways of our schools. Outright assault becomes more and more frequent. School doors are locked against those who would seek to enhance their own lives by taking life from others.

Verily, it’s undeniable. Evolution is to blame! And now we come to the end:

Children are no longer learning that there is a God who loves them dearly. Evolution rules.

Martin is right. Look what Darwin has done to the world!

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #512: Horrible Consequences

  1. But what is it all about? Algae?

  2. Alfie, of course, was played in the 1966 movie of the same name by Michael Caine.

  3. Yes, children are some much worse than they we . . . wait, wait, no.

    By every useful metric, “kids these days” give more the charity, work more for social causes, and commit less crime – especially less violent crime. But, yeah, easier to just ignore that and stick with the narrative you grew up with.

  4. Mike Elzinga

    Apparently the ID/creationists are thinking the political winds are in their favor and are starting to deluge the editors of local newspapers with their whining. This has been going on since the 1970s.

    The maudlin drone hasn’t changed from what we saw in this letter to our local paper by some poor mother in 2006.

    Evolution is a hypothesized theory, an unexplainable, farfetched idea. The supposed outcome of it – man – was never observed being formed. To expect a thinking person to accept it as factual science is nonsensical. It is a false religion, maneuvered into our captive-audience children in the governmental public schools, against most of our, wishes.

    Religion is the act of having faith in something. Our children are being duped into having faith in unscientific evolution, under the guise of proven science. I want it removed from the schools.

    I am appalled, stunned and cannot understand how supposedly thinking people have even bitten on this bait. Some don’t realize this is simply a handy tool used to subject our children to the atheistic idea of no God. Intelligent design does not have to be taught in the schools, but evolution should not be taught because it is not a proven fact.

    A growing number of science professors and teachers, having taught this concept to children, tearfully admit they were duped and anguish over the fact they led so many astray. They are trying desperately to correct the error they taught, to the extent of writing books about it. Bravo for their courage and humility.

    Children have quite simply been indoctrinated/brainwashed about a false theory/idea from youth onward. Put yourself in the child’s place. What vulnerable child could possibly refute this theory while under the dominating teacher’s influence? If that child is taught differently at home, the confusion and stress it causes the child is excruciating for him/her to bear, and undermines the rights of the parents to teach their child as they wish.

    Children lose heart when they grow up thinking they are nothing but evolved animals. Actually, they are intricately woven created human beings. The theory that the evolving man gets better and smarter at each level is an ideal climate for the idea of racism to blossom- one level better than the other. However, the creation of human beings, of man/woman, by God allows no racism. All are created equal- no mention of race or color is made since all are brother and sisters, descended from the original human beings (Acts17:26- NKJV).

    We need our schools to return to using Classroom time for teaching basics so our children will be employable after finishing high school.

    Research now shows that sex and drug education encourages promiscuous behavior rather than discourages it, as is certainly evidenced by the downturn of our national teen culture. Including these courses in the public schools, has led us to be the sickest nation of teens/young adults in the world. Promiscuity, minds dominated by sex (not love), young teen single parenthood, abortions, fatherless children, malnourishment, addictions, STDs resulting in sterility, depression, suicide, murders in school, homosexuality, etc., are exhibited damaging effects realized in their pre-adult lives and carried into their adult lives.

    Before the above nonsense courses were force-fed daily to our captive children, and God and prayer forced out, our nation led the world in teen academics and teen morality, and teens were healthy. Consequently, that led to a vibrantly blessed nation.

    Observe what we have allowed to shamefully happen to a great percentage of those teens and the sick status of our nation. There is no excuse for us. Get the hurtful courses out and get God back in. We’ve discouraged and deprived a highly significant percentage of three generations of children who have ended up damaged by evolution/health courses being force fed to them. It doesn’t take a lot of brains to connect the dots for a thinking people. The money spent on just these two courses could be used to add productive, decent, courses to educate and turn our children’s minds optimistically on their future. And guess what? Their behavior would improve too.

    Let’s fight to remove these classes from the schools now and give back to children the “sweet mystery of life” to discover for themselves at the proper adult times of their lives, and help equip our children with a healthy and high academic future. Let’s turn it around.

  5. However, the creation of human beings, of man/woman, by God allows no racism. All are created equal- no mention of race or color is made since all are brother and sisters, descended from the original human beings.

    Somehow this writer is quite delusional. So those folks who rely on the bible to defend their racism are mistaken? So women and men are equal? Try telling that to the religious fundamentalists, and republicans, in this country, and elsewhere, that they are mistaken. And all those abstinance courses always tell the truth? Surely all those hurtful courses should be eliminated, bring back the spiritual, supernatural, mystical, authoritarian world.

  6. “Children lose heart when they grow up thinking they are nothing but evolved animals”
    No Adults are losing heart as their kids find out that the parents are full of schite and lying. And by learning that life is short so enjoy it now is leaving their parents in a hole of frustration.

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    When they learn that it’s survival of the fittest, and they must look out for their own survival, it affects their sense of purpose in life.

    However, why is it the True Christians are also conservatives that feel everyone should pull up by their own boot straps, that sounds a lot like survival of the fittest. No Obamacare for you, earn your own healthcare or DIE! Oh, and they are also the ones who need GUNZ, in case a scary man attacks them. Seems they have an unhealthy understanding of survival of the fittest. [redacted]bags!

  8. Dave Luckett

    It’s weird. The writer simply assumes that evolution must mean that humans are selected for size, speed, strength and aggression, when the most cursory glance at the species compared with other species would demonstrate that we are overwhelmingly selected for intelligence, manual dexterity, and socialisation.

    We are unique among vertebrates for those specialities, socialisation included. No other vertebrate species lives in communities as large – defining “community” as “a mutually supportive group whose members occupy a variety of different roles and economic niches”. Eusocial insects are practically the only other example of this.

    Selection for socialisation, mutual dependence and obligation mean, and must mean that, yes, we are meant to be kind, and that we have goals and motivations beyond our own personal profit.

    I really don’t understand why creationists don’t get this. Possibly it’s because they know, and want to know, nothing whatsoever about what the theory actually says. But that must produce the situation we see here – that they spend their effort and their resources swinging wildly away at thin air.

  9. According to Intelligent Design, the reason that our bodies are on the same plan as chimps and other apes is that there is the same design. Which means that we are purposely designed to be the same, and therefore, to follow our purposes we ought to act like apes.
    According to evolution, the reason for the similarity is just our ancestry. And we now know that our worth is not determined by our ancestry.

  10. One hardly knows what to say, other than to observe that the (speculated) moral consequences of accepting a scientific theory have nothing to do with whether it’s true or not.

    And if it is true, rejecting it will have consequences, too. Even moral ones, if the rejection occurs among people who know it’s true or as a result of the urgings of people who do.

    I’m reminded of the remark about evolution attributed to Queen Victoria: “Let us hope that it is not true. And if it is true, let us hope it does not become generally known.”

  11. As I have recently been corrected on that quote, let me atone for that by pointing to a reason to doubt its authenticity:

    Darwin and the Bishop’s Wife
    by Brian Switek
    in Wired 08.11.09

    http://www.wired.com/2009/08/darwin-and-the-bishops-wife/

  12. Pete Moulton

    If Brian Switek can’t find the source, I have no great hope that anyone can. He’s an amazingly thorough researcher.

  13. SC: “We haven’t seen anything like that in one of these letters.”

    Not in so many words, but it’s really just another variation of the theme in “Expelled.” Which in the future will be clearly seen as the anti-evolution activists’ unequivocal admission that they really have no objection to the evidence of evolution (despite continuing, and increasingly vague “have it both ways” objections to said evidence), and that their only objection is to their paranoid perceived implications of acceptance.

    BTW, Mr. “Wisdom” even got “Alfie” wrong. While Burt Bacharach wrote the music and Dionne Warwick sang it, Hal David was the one who wrote the lyrics.

  14. It is amazing. More people accept evolution in the world. Evidence shows violence decreasing at a steady rate over the world, ISIL notwithstanding. Yet the creationist bleat on about no god, no morals. Sad really.